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glowing lava inside the Halemaumau Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
July 23, 2014

Volcanic Selfie

Lava glows red-hot, churning and rumbling in Kilauea Volcano’s Halemaumau Crater in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. “It is quite an experience when Earth feels incredibly large and one feels microscopic and insignificant in comparison,” writes Your Shot member Andrew Hara.

"I was able to legally access the edge of Halemaumau crater while volunteering for the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park," Hara explains. After cautiously hiking through a closed-off area of the national park, respirator in tow, Hara deployed his tripod and camera. “I carefully set the timer for two minutes and walked around to the farther, visually stable edge of the crater to create this self-portrait.”

Hara’s picture recently appeared in the Your Shot assignment Embrace the Untamed.

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Photograph by Andrew Hara, National Geographic Your Shot

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